Can’t Wait Wednesday!

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It’s time to talk about the books we can’t wait to read. They don’t have to be new but can be one that you just haven’t gotten around to reading yet. This one is a new book that comes out on June 13th. Rachel Morgan is a favorite fantasy heroine of mine and I love the new direction this author has taken this series.

This is book #17 in the series and there is a TON of back story. If you like light-hearted fantasy novels, you’ll love the Hollows series!

Have a great hump day!

Deb

This Chicks Sunday Commentary: My Top 5 Most Anticipated Book Release- June’23

This is a special Memorial Day edition of my Top 5. Thursday is June 01 and I haven’t even looked at the book release lists until now aaahhhhh! Ok, OK, I got this! Accepting the challenge of culling through all of the many books because of course, June is a HUGE summer book release month, I’ve narrowed it down to my top 5. Here goes!

#5 BOOK RELEASE

A Jill Shalvis romance is like mac and cheese, fried chicken, or ice cream. The ultimate comfort book reading I reach for her novels knowing that I will love the friendships and ship the romance. This novel is in a series I’ve come to love and I can’t wait to fall in love with these characters!

Synopsis:

What makes life sweet?

  • Freshly baked bread
  • A cool lake on a hot summer day
  • The comfort of a cozy bookstore
  • Second chances and new beginnings

When Harper Shaw’s life falls apart, she knows it’s time for a change. She removes everything that doesn’t spark joy—from her soul-sucking job to eating kale to making lists—and sets off for the last place she was happy, Lake Tahoe (who wouldn’t feel good there, right?) to fulfill her dream of opening her own bakery.

With her Sugar Pine Bakery in between a tavern, owned by sexy, grumpy Bodie Campbell, and a bookstore, run by her new BFF, she feels a peace she’s never experienced since…well, forever.. Then she meets Ivy, a teenage runaway, who barrels into her heart. She sees a lot of herself in Ivy and takes her under her wing, but the teenager has secrets…

When those secrets explode, it changes Harper’s new world, and she’ll learn, it’s never too late to start over, it’s never too late to figure out your life, and best of all, it’s never too late to let yourself believe in love.

Click this link to purchase!* The Sweetheart List

#4 BOOK RELEASE

If you know me at all you know that any book by Ilona Andrews falls in my top 5. This one is out on June 13th and I can’t wait to carry on with my favorite fantasy characters.

Synopsis:

Kate and Curran have just settled into their new home and their ‘low profile,’ when a local businessman approaches them with an offer they can’t refuse. A mysterious evil has spawned in the nearby forest and is holding a defenseless town hostage. The ‘due date’ is rapidly approaching.

It’s exactly the kind of fight the Lennarts can’t resist, not for the prize the town offers, but for the people who will surely die if they ignore it. If they succeed, they’ll be rescuing an entire community and can build a strong new base for their family and the Wilmington Pack. If they fail…well, fail is a four-letter word.

Nothing comes without a price. Now Kate must decide if she has what it takes to pay it.

Click this link to purchase this book!* Magic Claims

#3 BOOK RELEASE

I loved Uzma Jalaluddin’s debut novel Ayesha at Last and know that Much Ado About Nada is going to give me a love story unlike any other, culturally rich with a multi-faceted story and great characterizations. This author is a go-to read.

Synopsis: A sparkling second-chance romance inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion…
 
Nada Syed is stuck. On the cusp of thirty, she’s still living at home with her brothers and parents in the Golden Crescent neighbourhood of Toronto, resolutely ignoring her mother’s unsubtle pleas to get married already. While Nada has a good job as an engineer, it’s a far cry from realizing her start-up dreams for her tech baby, Ask Apa, the app that launched with a whimper instead of a bang because of a double-crossing business partner. Nothing in her life has turned out the way it was supposed to, and Nada feels like a failure. Something needs to change, but the past is holding on too tightly to let her move forward.

Nada’s best friend Haleema is determined to pry her from her shell…and what better place than at the giant annual Muslim conference held downtown, where Nada can finally meet Haleema’s fiancé, Zayn. And did Haleema mention Zayn’s brother Baz will be there?
 
What Haleema doesn’t know is that Nada and Baz have a past—some of it good, some of it bad and all of it secret.  At the conference, that past all comes hurtling at Nada, bringing new complications and a moment of reckoning. Can Nada truly say goodbye to once was or should she hold tight to her dreams and find their new beginnings?

Click this link to purchase!* Much Ado About Nada

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#2 BOOK RELEASE

I love STEM romances. I like the smart dialog and interesting characters and in this case (I’ve read this one already) I love the flawed but totally likable characters! A fun enemies to lovers romance this is a sure fit for your own TBR.

MOST ANTICIPATED JUNE BOOK RELEASE

There is magic in every one of Ashley Poston’s adult romance novels. I loved The Dead Romantics and am saving the ARC I received for my vacation this week. I can’t wait to dive into this book!

What books are sitting in your own top 5? Can’t wait to hear about them.

Happy Reading!

Deb

It’s Monday, what are you reading? (5/15/23)

I got truly hooked into the audiobook for Abby Jimenez’s new novel Yours Truly and unfortunately ignored my husband for about a day and a half. LOL. I laughed out loud quite a few times, but this novel also really made me think about living a life without a lot of the anxiety’s that some people have and how fortunate I am to be able to do that. My Sunday was spent with family. Happy Mother’s Day to all of you who are celebrating this past weekend. I hope your day was filled with love and family.

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I listened to the audiobook of this novel narrated by Kyla Garcia and Zachary Webber. I love how this novel used the narrators to tell each character’s point of view. This was both a funny and poignant novel. Did I say I liked these characters? Briana and Jacob were messy, fastidious, funny, and emotional wrecks. I, too was all of these things listening to this book. So good!

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I feel like I literally just finished this author’s last novel The Dead Romantics. I got an advanced reader copy of The Seven Year Slip which comes out in June and I can’t wait to read it!! I’m trying to decide if I want to wait until I go on vacation in a couple of weeks to read it. I’m not sure I can wait though!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Monday and happy reading!

Deb

It’s Monday, what are you reading? (5/8/23)

When I need my brain to relax and destress I tend to go back and read books that I’ve enjoyed in the past. I know what I’m going to get and there’s a sense of relief knowing that I won’t have to struggle to get into a book or finish something I just feel so-so about. I did that with an audio book by a favorite author this last weekend. I just needed to unwind and not worry about liking or not liking what I was reading.

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The audiobook came out a few months ago in the most recent installment of the Innkeeper series by Ilona Andrews. I hadn’t yet listened to it, but enjoyed reading the novel when it came out. The story revolved around an interplanetary dating game and was just as engaging to listen to as it was to read. I totally recommend this one!

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I enjoyed this author’s break out novel ‘Ayesha At Last’ and am looking forward to another classic story rewrite.

Have a great Monday and happy reading!

Deb

It’s Monday, what are you reading? (5/1/23)

Have you ever read a book by an author you love but that reading it is emotional torture? One of the books below was that book for me. Oh my goodness, I chose the audiobook, which can be torture in itself because you are held to the speed the narrator reads it. There is no skipping ahead without missing some of the content which I couldn’t do because I was so invested! I’ll tell you more below.

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TORTURE! OK, it was tortuously good, but it was also tortuously emotional. I balled, I mean seriously cried for four hours while listening to this book. This was a box of tissues kind of book for me. Great characters, I loved the friendships, and Wyn and Harriet? OMG.

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I really like Kelly Bowen’s historical fiction novels and the synopsis for this one really drew me in. The story is told using flashback sequences between WWII and French/Dutch resistance fighters and the current story of two sisters who purchase a chateau and are fixing it up. They discover documents that reference the resistance fighters which tie the two time frames together. I’m really enjoying it so far!

Have a great Monday and happy reading!

Deb

This Chick’s Sunday Commentary: My Top 5 Most Anticipated Book Releases – May 2023

We are getting closer to summer vacations so what does that mean? Summer book release time! You bet, May is a big beach read, summer vacation releasing mega- launch time. There are a ton of good books and as usual I had a hard time picking only 5. If you don’t agree with mine, please do a Google search and find your own top 5. You won’t want to miss out on these great book launches.

#5 BOOK RELEASE

A debut novel that is both touching and funny, Mrs. Nash’s Ashes is flying under your radar, but if you love sweet romances it deserves a first, second, and third look.

Synopsis: Millicent Watts-Cohen is on a mission. When she promised her elderly best friend that she’d reunite her with the woman she fell in love with nearly eighty years ago, she never imagined that would mean traveling from D.C. to Key West with three tablespoons of Mrs. Nash’s remains in her backpack. But Millie’s determined to give her friend a symbolic happily-ever-after, before it’s (really) too late—and hopefully reassure herself of love’s lasting power in the process.

She just didn’t expect to have a living travel companion.

After a computer glitch grounds flights, Millie is forced to catch a ride with Hollis Hollenbeck, an also-stranded acquaintance from her ex’s MFA program. Hollis certainly does not believe in happily-ever-afters—symbolic or otherwise—and makes it quite clear that he can’t fathom Millie’s plan ending well for anyone.

But as they contend with peculiar bed-and-breakfasts, unusual small-town festivals, and deer with a death wish, Millie begins to suspect that her reluctant travel partner might enjoy her company more than he lets on. Because for someone who supposedly doesn’t share her views on romance, Hollis sure is becoming invested in the success of their journey. And the closer they get to their destination, the more Millie has to admit that maybe this trip isn’t just about Mrs. Nash’s love story after all—maybe it’s also about her own.

Click this link to purchase this book- Mrs. Nash’s Ashes

#4 BOOK RELEASE

I love a good romantic suspense novel by Nora Roberts! This one was edgy, dark, whimsical, and sweet. Confusing adjectives when put together, but it had a lot of moments that touched on each. Purchase this copy for your next beach vacation.

Synopsis:

Former Army brat Morgan Albright has finally planted roots in a friendly neighborhood near Baltimore. Her friend and roommate Nina helps her make the mortgage payments, as does Morgan’s job as a bartender. But after she and Nina host their first dinner party—attended by Luke, the flirtatious IT guy who’d been chatting her up at the bar—her carefully built world is shattered. The back door glass is broken, cash and jewelry are missing, her car is gone, and Nina lies dead on the floor.

Soon, a horrific truth emerges: It was Morgan who let the monster in. “Luke” is actually a cold-hearted con artist named Gavin who targets a particular type of woman, steals her assets and identity, and then commits his ultimate goal: murder.

What the FBI tells Morgan is beyond chilling. Nina wasn’t his type. Morgan is. Nina was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. And Morgan’s nightmare is just beginning. Soon she has no choice but to flee to her mother’s home in Vermont. While she struggles to build something new, she meets another man, Miles Jameson. He isn’t flashy or flirtatious, and his family business has deep roots in town. But Gavin is still out there hunting new victims, and he hasn’t forgotten the one who got away.

Click this link to purchase this book!* Identity

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#3 BOOK RELEASE

I loved this author’s last novel ‘A Thousand Miles’ and this plot looks poignant and different. I’m curious!

Synopsis: When a divorced woman attends a sleepaway camp for adults, she reconnects with a man from her past—only to fall head over heels for his sister instead. 
 
Garland Moore used to believe in magic, the power of optimism, and signs from the universe. Then her husband surprised her with divorce papers over Valentine’s Day dinner. Now Garland isn’t sure what to believe anymore, except that she’s clearly never meant to love again. When new friends invite her to spend a week at their reopened sleepaway camp, she and her sister decide it’s an opportunity to enjoy the kind of summer getaway they never had as kids. If Garland still believed in signs, this would sure seem like one. Summer camp is a chance to let go of her past and start fresh.
 
Nestled into the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, Camp Carl Cove provides the exact escape Garland always dreamed of, until she runs into Mason—the man she had a premonition about after one brief meeting years ago. No matter how she tries to run, the universe appears determined to bring love back into Garland’s life. She even ends up rooming with Mason’s sister Stevie, a vibrant former park ranger who is as charming as she is competitive. The more time Garland spends with Stevie, the more the signs confuse her. The stars are aligning in a way Garland never could have predicted.
 
Amid camp tournaments and moonlit dances, Garland continues to be pulled toward the beautiful blonde outdoorswoman who makes her laugh and swoon. Summer camp doesn’t last forever, but if Garland can learn to trust her heart, the love she finds there just might.

Click this link to purchase this book!* That Summer Feeling

#2 BOOK RELEASE

Carley Fortune’s novels are the epitome of lake vacation reading. This one also has the word lake in the title so it’s a no brainer. I’ve read this book and it’s sweet, emotional, and gives you a little jolt of finding out what happens if you follow your dreams and ‘what if’s’.

Synopsis:

Fern Brookbanks has wasted far too much of her adult life thinking about Will Baxter. She spent just twenty-four hours in her early twenties with the aggravatingly attractive, idealistic artist, a chance encounter that spiraled into a daylong adventure in the city. The timing was wrong, but their connection was undeniable: they shared every secret, every dream, and made a pact to meet one year later. Fern showed up. Will didn’t.

At thirty-two, Fern’s life doesn’t look at all how she once imagined it would. Instead of living in the city, Fern’s back home, running her mother’s lakeside resort—something she vowed never to do. The place is in disarray, her ex-boyfriend’s the manager, and Fern doesn’t know where to begin.

She needs a plan—a lifeline. To her surprise, it comes in the form of Will, who arrives nine years too late, with a suitcase in tow and an offer to help on his lips. Will may be the only person who understands what Fern’s going through. But how could she possibly trust this expensive-suit wearing mirage who seems nothing like the young man she met all those years ago. Will is hiding something, and Fern’s not sure she wants to know what it is. 

Click this link to purchase this book!* Meet Me at the Lake

MY TOP BOOK RELEASE FOR MAY 2023!

Can you really pass up a Christina Lauren book during the summer? Well, I can’t at any time of the year, but especially when the weather is warm and I’m able to spend a little time outdoors with a great book. This one looks like fun!

Synopsis: Felicity “Fizzy” Chen is lost. Sure, she’s got an incredible career as a beloved romance novelist with a slew of bestsellers under her belt, but when she’s asked to give a commencement address, it hits her: she hasn’t been practicing what she’s preached.

Fizzy hasn’t ever really been in love. Lust? Definitely. But that swoon-worthy, can’t-stop-thinking-about-him, all-encompassing feeling? Nope. Nothing. What happens when the optimism she’s spent her career encouraging in readers starts to feel like a lie?

Connor Prince, documentary filmmaker and single father, loves his work in large part because it allows him to live near his daughter. But when his profit-minded boss orders him to create a reality TV show, putting his job on the line, Connor is out of his element. Desperate to find his romantic lead, a chance run-in with an exasperated Fizzy offers Connor the perfect solution. What if he could show the queen of romance herself falling head-over-heels for all the world to see? Fizzy gives him a hard pass—unless he agrees to her list of demands. When he says yes, and production on The True Love Experiment begins, Connor wonders if that perfect match will ever be in the cue cards for him, too.

The True Love Experiment is the book fans have been waiting for ever since Fizzy’s debut in the New York Times bestselling The Soulmate Equation. But when the lights come on and all eyes are on her, it turns out the happily ever after Fizzy had all but given up on might lie just behind the camera.

Click this link to purchase this book!* The True Love Experiment

I know, I know, my book choices tend to trend lighter in the summer and I’m sure there are some great literary fiction novels coming out as well. Here’s your chance to tell me what books you’re looking forward to!

Happy Reading!

Deb

It’s Monday, what are you reading? (4/24/23)

Do you have a favorite genre or sub-genre in your favorite genre? I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for a great fantasy novel, but when it’s a romantic fantasy, I am in my dream sub-genre. Another sub-genre I love is a great sports romance. I’ll admit that a lot of times I’m really disappointed because I’m a girl who likes a little sports references in my sports romances and I don’t always get that, but I thought the book I just finished did a good job at delivering the goods. Let’s get to it and remember, feel free to chime in on what you’re reading as well!

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Surprisingly, there wasn’t a ton of angst in this Devney Perry novel. I’ve read a few and I had it in my had that there would be a lot of inner turmoil. There was a bit, but this was a solid second chance sports romance! I enjoyed the main characters and the setting. I don’t see a lot of books set in Montana on a college coaching staff. I was entertained!

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An older book of Lucy Score’s that is having a re-release. Finally Mine is the sequel to Pretend You’re Mine which I enjoyed. I wish the author hadn’t spent so much time recapping a story I’ve already read. That plot device is one that drives me crazy- I don’t need to see the same plot through the eyes of another character, thank you very much. However, unless a book is horrible, which this isn’t, I will see it through to the end. I’m skimming all the bits I’ve read though.

I hope you’re Monday is off to a great start! Happy reading!

Deb

It’s Monday, what are you reading? (4/17/23)

The weather is gorgeous, we can now see what plants have died over the winter and need replanting, and flowers are starting to bud. YET I’m still finding time to read. I should just start every one of these posts with “Life is moving forward and yes, I am still reading”. Truly! I will always find the time to read at some point in a week so no new surprises there. What might surprise you was that I found one of the books I read below in a New York Times article on romance novels and agree with that writer. This was a surprising book!

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Have I mentioned how much I dislike the male chest romance covers? I know there are people who love them but typically I stay away from those books. However, I saw this book mentioned in an article about good romance novels and since it was a Kindle Unlimited novel I borrowed it. I was surprised by this one folks! The characters were great, the love story had depth, and I learned a ton about raising chickens. Who’d a thunk it? If you have KU you should check this one out. It was good!

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Since I literally just finished the previous novel I’m not quite certain what I will start, however after the last success I may read ‘On the Hustle’ which was also mentioned as a great romance novel in that same list. It looks cute!

If you’d like to start a conversation about your own list of books, or a novel you particularly liked, please comment below. 🙂

Have a happy Monday and happy reading!

Deb

It’s Monday, what are you reading? (4/10/23)

It was a busy week leading up to a holiday weekend, so there wasn’t a lot of time for reading, but I did manage to squeeze in a few minutes. I mean, come on, there’s always time to read, right?

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Four ex-stars of a teen tv show are roped back into a reunion show after 13 years apart. An unexpected meltdown led to a cancellation of their popular show, leaving a lot of questions unanswered. Although not my typical choice, I thought it was an interesting story and a quick read. Made me glad that I wasn’t a child star, that’s for sure!

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A re-release of a book that came out in 2018, Pretend You’re Mine is a small town romance with quite a bit of heat between our two main characters! I’m half way through the story and see glimpses of what has made Lucy Score such a popular writer. Her characters are funny, relatable, and have real life problems, making them very easy to relate to. A fun weekend of reading!

Happy belated Easter everyone! Have a great Monday and happy reading!

Deb

It’s Monday, what are you reading? (4/3/23)

Do you know that feeling you get when you have just finished a great book? Maybe you can’t stop thinking about the intricacies of the plot, the quirkiness of the characters, or that sweet hea. I just had that perfect book moment, finishing the novel right before bedtime and then dreaming of these characters all night long. (sigh) Wonderful! I hope you’re having happy book moments as well!

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A debut novel by Sarah Adler that will charm you. The perfect grumpy guy-quirky girl, road trip romance. Millicent is an ex-child star who’s ninety-ish best friend dies and gives her the task of reconnecting a small portion of her ashes with the woman she fell in love with during WWII. This was a story that stayed with me for a long while, in a good way!

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I have picked The Daydreams up quite a few times, but haven’t yet been in the mood. I’m hoping this will be my next book, but it’s possible I’ll get diverted by another title again. A cast of ex child tv stars have all gone their separate ways when they are approached to do a reunion show that might open them up to old wounds. Sounds pretty good, right?

Have a great Monday and happy reading!

Deb